The lettuce truly thrived for most of the summer. It was almost growing faster than we could eat it. A bowl of fresh salad greens accompanied our dinner nightly and we had to share the wealth with a neighbor at times as well![/caption] Near the end of September we took the last out of the garden. We probably could have left the potatoes for a bit longer to increase in size some more, but the lionshare of what we harvested at the end was 13 pounds of potatoes, a handful of carrots, a small zucchini. Of course this doesn't include our summer long harvest of lettuce. [caption id="attachment_679" align="aligncenter" width="458" caption="The harvest from our first garden"][/caption] This coming year, we plan on doing things much differently. For the relatively small space that we had to work with, we had too much variety. I think we tried -Lettuce -Zucchini -Purple potatoes -Yellow potatoes -Radish seeds -Carrots -Snap peas -Tomatoes -Strawberries I think the biggest failure that we had was the tomatoes. I say that because of what we gained from them, which was pretty much nothing. We had a few green tomatoes that never ripened, but the plants themselves were HUGE! They were big to the point that they were choking out some of our other plants, and truthfully, they belong in a greenhouse to really grow successfully. This year we are planning on planting lots of potatoes, more lettuce, carrots and a few other leafy green choices. Regardless of how much space you have or how much you don't think you can do it, we recommend giving a small garden a chance! It's rewarding to see what you can grow in your own backyard (or if you don't have a backyard, grow a few plants on a balcony). Kids don't care how terribly successful the garden is, they just like to see a bit of progress and enjoy being a part of the action. We learned a ton from doing this project and plan continue to bring fresh vegetables to our dinner table. It didn't cost us very much to get started and once you get the hang of what works for you and what doesn't you could have a fairly good 'crop' of whatever you prefer for a very small investment of time and money! Give it a shot!
Inspires me to do some container gardening. Thanks for the pics. Love the enthusiasm of you and your children.